CSGV: Crime is going up, so disarm!

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) president Mike Beard points today to some ominous indicators of rising crime, as a result, presumably, of the economic problems.

Given the severity and depth of the economic crisis in which our country is enmeshed, it is safe to say that we are living in an interesting age. Our great depression is already having an impact on the crime rate in the nation. The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) reports that certain crimes are up across the nation due to the financial crisis. At the same time, our state and local law enforcement agencies are facing severe budget cuts and hiring freezes [pdf file]. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey has pointed out to the Washington Post that “cities may have to curtail successful programs that have flooded crime ‘hot spots’ with officers.”

Hmm . . . crime is rising, while police numbers and funding are declining. Sounds like a good reason (for those who needed one) to take greater responsibility for one’s safety, and for that of one’s family.

Mike apparently doesn’t see it that way. He, in fact, considers the Obama-inspired, dramatic, sustained spike in firearm and ammunition sales as an “added factor” in the problem.

An added factor is the recent upturn in gun sales. As one Forth Worth firearms dealer described it: “The volume is 10 times what we ever expected. It started with assault rifles, but at this point, people are buying ammunition, high capacity magazines, Glocks—it’s all flying off the shelf. With the economy the way it is, people are worried about instability. They are scared of civil unrest.”

Concerns about civil unrest, I would say, are not out of place.

Beard then goes on to dismiss concerns that the Obama administration would pursue a gun ban–that they only want to . . . ban the most effective firearms for dealing with civil unrest.

The only ban being contemplated is a renewal of the widely popular 1994-2004 ban on assault weapons.

One question keeps coming to me when contemplating the motivation of the gun prohibitionists: whose side are they on?

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